Today I want to raise a problem I've seen. (Actually I saw it last week, but didn't have an opportunity to share it before now.)
Anyway, I wanted to talk about Reviews. Their important to an author. They can set us apart from the rest of our peers.
As with anything in our world, perception is about 60% of what we do as authors. The need to prove our worth as an author comes down to how many reviews we have on our books, however no author worth their salt would ever demand a review, let alone a positive review.
As authors we co-exist with reviewers - a bit like fish need seawater, really!
But today (well, as I'm sitting here writing) I saw this and to be honest I cringed. Really and truly.
And on that note, there is a reason why reviews say "I received this free copy in return for an honest review." What is it? There are guidelines. Very clear guidelines which call for a level of professionalism if you are reviewing books in exchange for free copies.
As an author, I'm happy to supply copies for review. In fact, I encourage it. Do I expect 5 star reviews? Well, they'd be nice, but I accept that sometimes, no matter how good I feel about a book, I'm going to hit a 1 star one. It happens. I don't love 1 star reviews or even 2's - because it means the reader didn't connect with my characters. They didn't enjoy the story. But that's life! 3's are good. 4's are fabulous and 5's...? They make my heart beat faster.
If you want to review my books, let me know. I'd love to see more reviews on Amazon, iTunes, B&N and even Goodreads. I won't ask for a "positive only" review and I won't ask you to ignore FTC guidelines. Ever.
If you want to read about FTC guidelines for reviewers, please read here.
Until next time!